A snippet of last night’s conversation.
Me: So the passes are 9 miles apart and there is 2000ft down and back up between them.
Lucky Joe: Then we have breakfast.
We set off from just below Pinchot Pass at 6:30 this morning (I ate breakfast in my sleeping bag), crossed the pass and were plugging on down into the canyon for quite a while. The two groups that I saw yesterday were each packing up their tents, still in the shade, as we went by.
The walk across to Mather Pass wasn’t all that steep but I was dragging along for most of it. At the pass we found some familiar faces. Fester, Bounty Hunter, Filthy Figaro, Germinator and Neptune who were all suprised that we had been behind them on the trail. We exchanged trail gossip including news that Sandles had got a ’staph’ infection in her blood. Sounds really bad. By noon we were on our way down and having fun glissading on one of the very few snow patches left on the trail. I managed to pull off a very cool grind down a large rock, no snowboard or anything.
Further on down we stopped to swim in Lower Palisade Lake before stomping down the knee-busting Golden Staircase and the valley below to complete the day’s 4000ft elevation loss. We’ve all made a tiny start up the next canyon on the way to Muir Pass, possibly the only one with notable snow remaining. I’m next to the ranger station here, camping near Chet, a guy claiming to be only the third person ever to do the Sierra High Route solo (though I met someone coming on at Independence also doing it this year). It’s 240 miles of which 30 are on trails. Looks like quite a rough hike. Time to hide in my bag and wait for daylight.
More photos of this day’s journey can be found at Glen Pass to Mather Pass